2008 Nēnē Award Winner The Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan's Acceptance Letter

2009 Nēnē Ceremony

Essay Contest Winners

Poster Contest Winners

Performance Contest Winners

Digital Arts Contest Winners

Four Nancy Keane BookTalks and RSS Feed (mp3)-- Quick and Simple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2008 Nēnē Award Winner The Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan's Acceptance Letter

2009 Nēnē Ceremony

Essay Contest Winners

Poster Contest Winners

Performance Contest Winners

Digital Arts Contest Winners

Four Nancy Keane BookTalks and RSS Feed (mp3)-- Quick and Simple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2008 Nēnē Award Winner The Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan's Acceptance Letter

2009 Nēnē Ceremony

Essay Contest Winners

Poster Contest Winners

Performance Contest Winners

Digital Arts Contest Winners

Four Nancy Keane BookTalks and RSS Feed (mp3)-- Quick and Simple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2008 Nēnē Award Winner The Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan's Acceptance Letter

2009 Nēnē Ceremony

Essay Contest Winners

Poster Contest Winners

Performance Contest Winners

Digital Arts Contest Winners

Four Nancy Keane BookTalks and RSS Feed (mp3)-- Quick and Simple

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009 Nēnē Award Essay Contest Winners

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

4th Grade Winner
5th Grade Winner
6th Grade Winner
Sydney Costales
Maryknoll Grade School

Marissa Kauppi
St. John Vianney Parish School

Grace Franco
Kāne'ohe Elementary


 
6th Grade
Honorable Mention
 
Mitchell Ho
Kāne'ohe Elementary

 

Grade 4


1st Place
Sydney Costales
Maryknoll Grade School

The Lightning Thief 

Book     I think The Lightning Thief won the 2008 Nēnē Award because it was one of the best books that I have ever read.
     I am a girl who loves to read adventure stories and this book is packed with adventures. My favorite adventure in this story is when Percy, Annabeth, and Grover set off on their quest to retrieve Zeus’ master lightning bolt.
     Zeus was the king of the Olympian gods. He was the god of the Sky and Lightning. Zeus had many siblings.  He was a brother to Poseidon, the god of the Sea and brother to Hades, the god of the Underworld.
     Confronted with dangerous situations from the time they leave Camp Half Blood until they complete their quest in Los Angeles, Percy, Annabeth, and Grover display a lot of teamwork and togetherness. They fight their battles against the evil forces who try to stop them from completing their quest.
     Each of these characters has personal problems which would have been difficult for any young person to overcome. For example, Percy got kicked out of every school he attended because he had dyslexia and ADHD.
     Annabeth didn’t have a mortal mom. Her mother was the goddess named Athena. Annabeth disliked her mortal father. When her father remarried, her step-mother didn’t want her to live with them.
I think many young people enjoyed reading this book because they can relate to learning difficulties in school and separated family lives.
     Finally, this book addresses survival skills. Because Percy does not have a mortal father and because Annabeth does not have a mortal mother they have to learn how to take care of themselves and make many decisions on their own.
     Mr. Riordan chooses words that describe how these characters feel and who they are. The book makes the readers curious and pulls them completely into the story.
     In conclusion, I believe The Lightning Thief won the 2008 Nēnē Award because of the action-packed adventures and the family and educational themes of the book. These appealed to me and to so many other students, too.

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Grade 5


1st Place
Marissa Kauppi
St. John Vianney Parish School

Why I Think The Lightning Thief Won the 2008 Nēnē Award

     How does one describe a book that turned on my reading light bulb?  After reading Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief, all I want to do is read other great stories. The story is a gripping page-turner. The Lightning Thief always kept me guessing with all its twists and turns. I am a huge fan of Greek mythology. How creative of the author to design a modern day version of Greek mythology using characters any middle school student can relate to.
     The story is about a troubled, sixth grade student named Percy Jackson. He has attention deficit disorder. He gets in trouble all the time. For example, he vaporized his math teacher. Percy is a “demi-god”. A “demi-god” is someone who is half god and half mortal.  “Demi-gods” must attend a training camp to gain skills that they need to be a demi-god, similar to a military boot camp. At camp, Percy is shocked to learn that his father is Poseidon, but loves the fact that he wears aloha shirts, has long hair and likes to go to the beach.  He thought his father was dead. Percy did not know what to think or how to feel. Percy described this, as “emotions rolled around me like bits of glass in a kaleidoscope”. He has no idea what is in store for him now in his epic quest to retrieve Zeus’s lightening bolt and to stop a war against the gods. He and two other “half-bloods” are put to the test. They face many obstacles, battle monsters, gods and other villains along the way. Will Percy and his friends Grover and Annabeth prevail, or will they fail? Will the gods really destroy Western Civilization?
     Rick Riordan deserves a standing ovation for his writing of a “realistic fantasy” in our modern world in The Lightning Thief. This book carried me away to a colorful world of “demi-gods”, monsters and mortal characters. Riordan certainly deserved the 2008 Nēnē Award for his gripping and imaginative story.

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Grade 6


1st Place
Grace Franco
Kāne'ohe Elementary

     His name is Percy Jackson.  He is a young boy in a modern day Greek world living under a potential attack of monsters.  Trouble is boiling under what looks like a completely normal life.  Surrounded by Greek gods and in the midst of a theft during the summer solstice, Percy finds out that no matter how much he tries, the Greek gods will never be happy.  The 2008 Nēnē Award went to The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan because of many reasons.
     The first reason is friendship.  Percy has two friends named Anabeth and Grover who are wonderful friends and stick with him through thick and thin.  Although he is still a child, Percy knows the real meaning of friendship and kindness.  Lots of children in the world can compare the friendship between Percy and his friends to their own friendships.
     The second reason is that The Lightning Thief is action packed and gives you a sense of mystery, as well as drama.  The fighting, the action, the monsters, all add up and are woven together to fit, like a long braid, with one thing leading to another.  Percy is in the middle of the long braid, sharing only a year of his life as he tells a long tale of excitement and adventure.
     And the final reason why I think the children of Hawai'i voted The Lightning Thief as the 2008 Nēnē Award winner is that now that Percy knows this new information about his history, which is that he is the son of a god, Percy has the courage and resiliency to keep getting up and fighting back, even if Anabeth and Grover are the only people who believe in him.  His mother is in the underworld and monsters are jumping out of every door, trying to corner him, yet he still tries as hard as he can to make the gods group together.  Percy does not want them to fight and let loose all of their problems in the United States.
     These are the reasons the children of Hawai'i voted The Lightning Thief as the 2008 Nēnē Award winner.  Percy, a 12-year-old boy from the United States, battles monsters and tries to create peace between the Greek gods and humans.  In addition, he creates many friendships that last a lifetime in this novel The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

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Grade 6


Honorable Mention
Mitchell Ho
Kāne'ohe Elementary

     The book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan is an excellent and well-written book. It won the 2008 Nēnē Award.  The reasons why I think The Lightning Thief won this award include: It has lots of action, tons of suspense, and descriptive details to help you visualize the story.
     One reason why I think The Lightning Thief won the 2008 Nēnē Award is because the book has lots of action. I think that the children of Hawai'i enjoyed reading the dramatic, fast, and exciting getaways.  An example of this would be when Percy fought the Minotaur at the border of Camp Half-Blood, and the Minotaur closes his fists around his mom’s neck, causing her to dissolve in a flashing light. A second example is when Percy jumps off the Gateway Arch into the ocean, but survives.
     The Lightning Thief also has tons of suspense. It had a winding, unpredictable path that the young readers love. An example of this is when Percy saves himself and his two friends, instead of his mother, whom you think he would save. In addition, when Percy goes down to the creek with his friend Luke, Luke betrays him and summons a Pit scorpion to kill Percy. I think that most readers didn’t see that Luke was the bad guy. In that way, The Lightning Thief shows that it has lots of suspense to keep the readers entertained.
     Lastly, The Lightning Thief is very detailed, so you can visualize and experience things from the characters’ point of view. Rick Riordan makes everything easy and clear to understand. When he describes the Minotaur, he tells about the sharp horns on its head, the amazing and revolting smell it had, and its powerful but unintelligent personality. Also, when Percy meets his father, Poseidon, the sea god, Rick Riordan describes him specifically, from his tan skin to his calm personality.
     In conclusion, those are three reasons why I think The Lightning Thief won the 2008 Nēnē Award. The children who read it had the chance to experience the adventures of a half-blood teenager trying to save the world from a war between the Greek gods.

Word Count: 357

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